Breast Augmentation Questions
Who is a good breast augmentation candidate?
Breast augmentation surgery is a very safe and popular choice for women who are in good health and want to enhance the size, overall shape and contour of their breasts. It is also a good choice for women whose smaller breasts have begun to sag due to childbirth or age. Lastly, it is a viable option for women whose breasts are uneven or otherwise different in size or shape.
What should I expect during breast augmentation surgery?
It is usually performed under twilight anesthesia, a type of IV sedation, on an outpatient basis. A small incision is made either around the nipple, under the arm, or under the breast. Incision locations will be determined by the patient's individual circumstances and by Dr. Slenkovich's expert recommendations. Typically Dr. Slenkovich prefers to use an under the breast incision for optimal placement and healing. The implant is placed according to individual patient circumstances and Dr. Slenkovich's preferences, the incisions are sutured and the breasts are bandaged.
What are breast implants made of?
In the United States, two types of breast implants are approved for use during breast augmentation surgeries: silicone gel and saline. Dr. Slenkovich uses both types of breast implants with equal success.
Saline breast implants are filled with a saline (salt and water) solution that is safest should the implant rupture or leak. They can also be filled after placement. Silicone implants have a textured exterior and are filled with a cohesive gel that is designed to maintain its shape over a long period of time and remain in place in case of a leak. Which type of breast implant is right for you should be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Slenkovich and is most often a choice of personal preference or comfort.
How are the breast implants placed?
There are three methods of implant placement: sub-glandular, partial sub-muscular and complete sub-muscular. Dr. Slenkovich's preferred method is sub-muscular placement of the breast implants. With this type of placement, the majority of the implant is placed behind the chest muscles (pectoralis muscles).
This method involves the least amount of risk of capsular contracture (hardening of the surrounding breast tissue) and rippling. It also provides the advantage of an internal bra of sorts because the muscle tissue adds extra support underneath the implant. This is also the most preferred method in terms of being able to still obtain accurate mammogram readings.
Is breast augmentation surgery safe?
Breast surgeries are among some of the safest surgeries performed in the United States every day. One reason is because no vital organs are affected during the procedure. Dr. Slenkovich is a board certified Denver plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons who performs approximately 10-15 breast procedures each month. He is highly experienced and well-educated in his field and has written and published numerous articles on the subject. His skill combined with his individual patient care makes him one of the best Colorado plastic surgeons.
Dr. Slenkovich believes that everyone should feel good about themselves, and he is dedicated to helping each patient achieve their goals. To learn more about Denver breast surgery please contact the Colorado Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation.